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Benjamin Liu

Benjamin  Liu

Assistant Professor
315 South Plymouth Court
Chicago, Illinois 60604
Phone: 312.386.2828

AB, cum laude, Harvard University
JD, UCLA School of Law, Order of the Coif

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Professor Benjamin Liu passed away on December 2, 2014. We are saddened by this loss. He was a gifted teacher and a great friend.

Benjamin Liu has joined the faculty and served as the director of the Chinese Intellectual Property Resource Center at The John Marshall Law School. He will be designing academic programs that will be hosted by the Center.

He has been practicing IP law since 2004, first with Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP in New York, and then as an IP attorney in private practice in Chicago. Liu has represented Asian and American clients in patent litigation, prosecution and consulting and his research focuses on comparative patent law issues and biotech IP protection. At the law school, he is teaching IP specialty courses, including Administrative IP Protection at the U.S. Border and Comparative Topics in U.S.-China Patent Law.

After receiving a bachelor's degree from Harvard University in biochemistry and cellular biology, Liu conducted drug discovery research at Eli Lilly & Co. for two years. He then studied Japanese at Waseda University in Tokyo before attending UCLA School of Law, receiving a JD degree in 2004. He was the articles editor for the UCLA Law Review, and chief articles editor for the Pacific Basin Law Journal. He has published a study of IP protection for traditional medicine and contributed articles in Genetic Engineering & Biotechnological News and Intellectual Property Today, in addition to presenting his research on Chinese IP protection at pharmaceutical conferences.

Full Curriculum Vitae


Toward a Patent Exhaustion Regime for Sustainable Development, 32 Berkeley J. Int'l Law. 330 (2014)

Remade in China: What Does Recycling Tell Us About the Future of the Chinese Patent System, 82 UMKC L. Rev. 887 (2014)

Develop an Integrated Patent Quality Matrix for Investigation the Competitive Features Among Multiple Competitive Patent Pools, 18th IEEE International Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work in Design (with Yu-Hui Wang and Amy J.C. Trappey)

Innovation Effect on Patent Pool Formation: Empirical Case of Phillips' Patents in DVD 3C, 3 Int'l. J. Automation & Smart Tech. 169 (2013) (with Yu-Hui Wang)

Imitation to Innovation in China: The Role of Patents in Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Industries by Yahong Li, 31 IP Law Book 24 ( 2012)

Chinese Patents as Copyrights, 34 Campbell L. Rev. 685 (2012)

Fighting Poison with Poison: The Chinese Experience with Pharmaceutical Patent Linkage, 11 J. Marshall Rev. Intell. Prop. L. 623 (2012)

Standard Setting Increasingly Under Siege, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnological News (March 2009) (with Steven Pokotilow and Amy Wilson)


Speaker: IP Scholar Roundtable, Drake University Law School, Des Moines, IA (March 2014)

Panelist: 3rd Annual China IP Conference, George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C. (December 2013)

Speaker: Empirical IP Roundtable, "Empirical Study of Pharmaceutical Harmonization in the IP5 Countries," Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, IL (October 2013)

Speaker: Junior Scholars in Intellectual Property (JSIP) Workshop, "Toward a Patent Exhaustion Regime for Sustainable Development," Michigan State University College of Law, East Lansing, MI (October 2013)

Speaker: Law and Society Annual Meeting, "An Empirical Study of Pharmaceutical Patent Harmonization in the IP5 Countries," Boston, MA (May 2013)

Speaker: Patent Law Conference, "Pharmaceutical Patent Linkage in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement," ITT Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, IL (April 2013)

Speaker: ABA Webinar, "IP Forever: Inexhaustible Copyrights and Patents" (March 2013)

Speaker: Work in Progress in Intellectual Property, Seton Hall Law School, Newark, NJ (February 2013)

Speaker: JMLS Faculty Works in Progress Series (CLE), "The Limits of Globalizing Pharmaceutical Patent Linkage" (February 2013)

Speaker: Junior Faculty Workshop on Intellectual Property Issues in the Pharmaceutical Industry, Indiana University McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis, IN (December 2012)

Speaker: The University of Chicago Executive Training Program, "IP in the Financial Industry" (August 2012)

Speaker: "Chinese Patent as Copyrights," Tokyo University (July 2012)

Speaker: Law and Society Annual Conference, "Patent Linkage in the Transpacific Partnership Agreement" (June 2012)

Moderator: The US-China Pharma Conference, Philadelphia, PA (May 2012)

Speaker: The John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property Law Symposium "Fighting Poison with Poison: The Chinese Experience with Pharmaceutical Patent Linkage" (April 2012)

Speaker: The IP Scholars Roundtable, "Commercial Refurbishment in China and a Greener Patent Exhaustion Doctrine," Drake University (March 2012)

Moderator: The Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC), "Careers in IP" (March 2012)

Speaker: The Drake University Law School IP Center 5th Year Gala Event, "Chinese Patents as Copyrights" (March 2012)

Speaker: The Campbell Law Review 2012 Symposium on Global Convergence of IP Law, "Chinese Patents as Copyrights" (March 2012)

Speaker: "Biotechnology Law in U.S. and China," The Toulouse Business School (March 2012)

Speaker: Works in Progress Intellectual Property (WIPIP), "Fighting Poison with Poison: The Chinese Experience with Pharmaceutical Patent Linkage," The University of Houston (February 2012)

Speaker: The John Marshall Law School Faculty Works-in-Progress Series, "Commercial Refurbishment in China and a Greener Patent Exhaustion Doctrine" (November 2011)

Speaker: The US-China Pharma: Innovative Strategies and Partnership Models for R&D Success Conference, "Pharmaceutical Patent Linkage in China," Philadelphia, PA (May 2011)

Speaker: "Chinese Technology Transfer Issues," The Toulouse Business School (October 2011)

Speaker: Asian Pacific Law Student Association (October 2011)

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